Summer Movie Rundown: Amazon Prime
Summer is essentially the perfect time for television binges and indoor movie marathons, and thanks to shows like Stranger Things 3, we are happy to participate. The beginning of a new school year will be here before we know it, so we want to cover some other releases that might worth checking out before regular schedules commence. Last week we shared some films hitting Netflix this month that fit with the summer season, and this week we want to look at the same thing for Amazon Prime. Now, admittedly, Amazon Prime’s list might wander into series a little more than Netflix, but they still have quite a lot to offer. So, which new and upcoming releases might be worth your time this summer, and what are they about?
Amazon Prime Originals
The Big Sick- This romantic comedy has a bit of an interesting twist with one of its leads staying in a coma for the majority of the film. Loosely based on the love story between Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily Gordon, this heartwarming story leans into the cultural differences faced by the two characters. It’s a different kind of romantic comedy that is perfect for a summer movie list.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot- If you have never even heard of this film, I would not be surprised. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, it follows a recently paralyzed alcoholic who finds a passion for drawing off-color newspaper cartoons. This comedy-drama is indeed a biopic, and its unique story warrants it a place on this list.
Suspiria- I’m not one to suggest a supernatural horror film, but due to all of the buzz that surrounded the film, I think it deserves to be on this list. Featuring an all-star cast, this creepy remake from Luca Guadagnino does boast some great performances and stunning visual elements.
Minority Report- This science fiction action film is a favorite of Spielberg’s films and was one of the highest grossing movies of 2002. Tom Cruise stars in this one, and this noir adventure in a dystopian world continues to be a favorite among many.
Much Ado About Nothing- This 1993 romantic comedy is based on the Shakespearean play and features some hilarious performances from Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, and Michael Keaton. It’s a ridiculous premise with wordplay prevalent in every scene, and it’s the perfect summer fare.
Eighth Grade- This directorial debut of Bo Burnham is a coming-of-age story for an eighth grade girl named Kayla. It garnered a lot of praise during awards season last year with its themes of social media use and mental health in teens.
Rocky- It’s a classic. It stars Sylvester Stallone, and it’s the gold standard of underdog stories. It also spurred an entire franchise, so you should take advantage of this story being on a streaming service while you can.
Spaceballs- The ultimate spoof movie with a plethora of Star Wars and Alien references, Spaceballs is a hilarious adventure of a movie. It is undeniably a Mel Brooks film, and it’s a cult classic that should be enjoyed.
Zombieland- I know this one has been out for a while, but it’s still a quirky zombie adventure that should not be missed. The movie is hilarious with its creative killing of zombies and Columbus’ rules along the way. It has a lot of gore, but it qualifies perfectly as an immensely entertaining film fit for summer.
Clue- It might have performed poorly at the box office when it was released, but Clue has since become a cult classic. The mystery comedy film based on the board game has multiple endings, and a whodunnit should always be on a summer movie list.
Lady Bird- This release from A24 is a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl and her turbulent relationship with her mother. While many parts are sure to keep you laughing, the film also contains some heartbreaking moments about growing up. It’s a quirky film but a solid directorial debut from Greta Gerwig.
Amazon Prime Series
While Amazon has films like Late Night currently in theaters, there isn’t a ton of their new content hitting in July. However, expect more to hit in August and September as films clear theaters. However, as with Netflix, Amazon Prime has produced some incredible shows, and there is a new series hitting this month that you might find interesting.
The Boys- Based on the comic series from Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the show revolves around superheroes. In this reality, though, superheroes are a known quantity and some are not as heroic as others. It will focus on a specific group of vigilantes who aim to take down corrupt superheroes, and it will debut on the streaming service on July 26th.
Star Trek films- We grew up with Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, so we might be a little too excited about films like Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Nemesis hitting the platform. For fans of the original series, you’ll also be happy to know that Star Trek: The Voyage Home and Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country will also be available on Amazon Prime starting July 31st.
Dumb and Dumber- The comedy classic starring Jim Carrey and Jim Daniels has long been a favorite for many with its ridiculous premise and hilarious series of events. The film and its sequel hit Amazon Prime on July 31st.
So, which of these films and series will you be adding to your summer movie list? Comment and let us know!
Also, stay tuned next week as we continue our summer movie trend with a review of a Netflix original film.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.